Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 423
After leaving Dr. Erland’s office, Prince Kai attends a video conference with representatives from all the countries of Earth. Since World War IV, the people of Earth have consolidated themselves into just six countries. These countries are peaceful allies—but now they face the threat of war with Luna.
The other leaders of Earth are not surprised that Queen Levana wants to marry; everyone knows that Levana wants an alliance with a royal family from Earth. Only the Eastern Commonwealth and the UK have monarchies, and Kai is the only unmarried male who currently has direct control of his country’s throne. This makes him Queen Levana’s only viable option.
At the beginning of the video conference, Kai’s allies assume that he will accept the queen’s marriage proposal. Everyone reacts with surprise when they learn that Prince Kai wants to refuse. They discuss other possibilities, but they all know that there is little hope of peace until Queen Levana gets what she wants. Not only is she extremely power-hungry; she needs a royal husband to help her produce an heir. The people of Luna hold a strong superstitious belief that their rulers must have royal blood.
The queen of the UK wonders aloud if Queen Levana will use mind control to force Kai into marriage. This question scares Kai, but Torin says that Queen Levana is unlikely to do such a thing. She can only control a person’s mind if she is in the same room with him; it would be too inconvenient for her to have to remain by Kai’s side at every moment.
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